Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Bald Eagle State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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over grown
private property
17 days ago

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off trail
rocky
scramble
23 days ago

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!! This was the best hike ive done in PA! It is not for unseasoned hikers, the half mile rock climb up the boulders was a great adventure, and the view BREATHTAKING!! I WILL DEFINITELY DO THIS AGAIN!❤❤❤

Amazing hike, surprised this hike is not more well known. One of the best hikes I have done in PA. Trail is not marked well and you need GPS. Do not go counter clockwise down the boulder field.

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rocky
1 month ago

This trail is beautiful and close to a Colorado Rocky Mtn. trail. Several short shallow stream crossings. It is not marked and not traversed enough to lay permanent tracks in several sections. The boulder field is difficult to desend when hiking counter-clockwise, so I would do the trail clockwise next time. It took me nearly 4hours and 2L of water.

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bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This is a tough hike but worth the effort. If you're hiking the trail counter-clockwise, the real hike starts at the boulder field. I recommend a 'Camel-Bak' type of water source. There is a natural spring at the bottom of the boulder field to top off at. Tastes great! Expect to double your time on the 2nd half of the loop. Be safe, have fun!

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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

2nd time doing this trail and it did not disappoint! Did this trail clockwise this time (much easier). Again if you’re on the boulders watch where you step!!!!

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off trail
private property
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

This trail is not for the faint of heart. 3 of us - experienced hikers- set out to do the 6.9 mile loop. We parked at the end of a road by a gate - what AllTrails said was the trail head. I’m not sure where we went wrong, but we missed a turn and ended up quite far off the trail. We realized the AllTrails map had GPS, so we worked to get the “blue dot” back on the “red trail.” (That would mean we were back on the trail.) This included bushwhacking and blazing our own trail at one point. Contrary to recent reviews, we didn’t see any blazes or trail markings. We were never “lost” but we did get off the trail a couple times. We hiked the trail counterclockwise, which put us at the top of the boulder field, so we had to scramble down. (We think going up, while still a challenge, would have been much easier.) Since we did the trail in reverse, the boulder field was in the second half, after we had already done a few climbs. We also had to “hurry” because there were thunderstorms nearby. There were no blazes/trail markings on the boulder field, but there were lots of spiders and we saw 2 snakes- one rattled at us! We weren’t sure if we had to go all the way down, or cut back into the woods. We kept going down (staying on the red line on the map) and finally saw a clearing that we figured must be the trail. There was a plaque in memory of a trail runner on one of the rocks. We got back into the woods just as the rains came. It looked on radar like worse weather was headed our way, so we kept moving. At this point, because of our earlier mishap, we were running out of water. With 1.6 miles left on the loop (per the map) we found a trail that led down to a road. While we didn’t know the distance it appeared much closer than continuing on the trail. We opted for that and started down the mountain. Once at the bottom, we were 2.5 miles from the car. We ended up hitchhiking and getting a ride back. This would be a 5 star hike, if the trail was marked. There were creek crossings, beautiful ferns, and the boulder field was a spectacular challenge. Fortunately we had cell service the entire time and we could track the trail with GPS. Bring lots of water and a fully charged phone, follow the map from the beginning and you should have a great time!

hiking
3 months ago

The hike was ok. I found the place to be kind of creepy, to be honest. Truly a gauntlet of spider webs, today! On the relatively boring, straight line trek through the heavy brush on the top of Winklebleck Mountain, I found myself wondering about the strange name. Researched it when I got home to find out about the tragic story of “Hairy” John Voneida and the old ghost story associated with the spot. Just Google it, if you want to know. The Union Co Historical Society published a good, short, paper about the man and the legend. It’s kind of sad that the place bears the name that was used by the locals to taunt him...but I’m glad that he is at least in some way remembered.

Definitely a difficult hike but worth the views , could be marked better.

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rocky
4 months ago

The best hike in PA, if you ask me. It has everything you could want: incredible views, quality rocks, and some excellent water features. A bit of a challenge, but 100% worth it. Watch out for rattle snakes in the boulder field, but other than that a very safe hike.

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off trail
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Thunderstorm rushed us off the trail.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

The rock scramble is definitely the highlight (though there are a lot of spiders!) It was awesome. Waterproof hiking shoes are highly recommended for the rocks and the multiple creek crossings. The markings are minimal but with some attention paid, it isn’t hard to follow. At any point where it is unclear, there is a marker. A great hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike overall. Rocky ascent is snake haven though. Beware in the warmer months where you step. Once on top be sure to make the left at the marker sign and don’t follow Hairy John trail down the mountain like we did. Then you have to go back up!! The 1.7 mi over the ridge is EXTREMELY overgrown with mountain laurel. Where tick repellant. Worth the time. Would be better if the top is cleared out.

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